Motor Mouth is potty trained but is having some issues staying dry at night. These are my adventures in helping Motor Mouth achieve nighttime dryness on a regular basis.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

No Dry Nights

Motor Mouth is 5
He will be 6 in a couple of months
Motor Mouth was potty trained at age 3
Closer to age 4, actually.

We tried everything the books tell you to do to potty train Motor Mouth. We tried the phone calls to important people, treats, charts with stickers, positive reinforcement, etc... We did it all. 

Motor Mouth finally gave up diapers when his friend came to spend a few nights when his parents were out-of-town on business trips. We goaded Motor Mouth into it. "Kai Kai is potty trained. HE's a BIG BOY, not a BA-BY, like you are." It's wrong. It goes against every potty training book. Against every parenting book. But it worked for us and it worked for Motor Mouth. He never looked back.

Except for nighttime dryness. Motor Mouth can NOT stay dry all night, every night. Maybe once a week, Motor Mouth remains dry at night. Like I said, he is almost 6!!

It is worse now, because Mini Me, who is Motor Mouth's baby sister, is fully potty trained. She is 2 going on 3 and stays dry during the night in panties. Motor Mouth really wants to wear underwear to bed. It bothers him. We are playing it off as not a big deal. I just change the sheets when he spills out of his pull-up (about once a week, sometimes more).

Truth be told, I'm ready to stop paying for pull-ups. He is getting bigger and it is getting harder and harder to fit him in a 4T/5T. I don't even know where to go for bigger pull-ups!!

I need to read the book: 
I've had it for a few months! Bad Mommy!

I'll blog as I go along on this journey.


  1. My son was easily six before he accomplished this goal. I started by not giving him drinks any more after supper, except for a sip or two right before bed. That helped a lot. For a few weeks we would wake Jesse up right before we went to bed so he could use the restroom one more time. That was usually between 11 and 12. Soon he learned how to do this himself. Good luck!

  2. My son is 10 now and NEVER slept without a diaper!! He also have some accidents during the day and it is hard for him at school. Tell your little sweetheart that he is not alone and that he weill make some day. Be patient and give him all the love u can! GOOD LUCK!!